By Mystic Trish©
Eros, Philia, Storge, Agape, Familial, Platonic
ancient Greeks had several words for love. All were words to describe
actual personal relationships. I wonder how some of these terms fit
in-to our modern world of wireless communication and personal
the cell phones and Internet did for worldwide communications is what
Gutenberg’s press did for literacy in Renaissance Europe. When
Gutenberg invented a movable-type printing press, he started a printing
revolution that is regarded as one of the most monumental events in
history. It played a key role in bringing literacy, religious reform
and the Age of Enlightenment to the world. It brought a thirst for
knowledge and education to the masses. Most people could not afford
books and could not read or write during the fifteenth century.
changes did not happen without unforeseen consequences. The ensuing
political upheavals and religious wars went on for generations.
Personal freedoms were hard won with each wave of secular revolt
against what was then the establishment — the Crown and the Church —
sometimes both at the same time.
our time when we are all so connected electronically I am always amazed
at how seldom people actually feel connected to each other in a truly
personal, intimate way. Is this part of what Alvin Toffler was
referring to in his book Future Shock? His shortest definition for the
term was a perception of “too much change in too short a period of
time.” Interestingly, the book came out three years before the first
cell phone was introduced. We now have multiple generations with access
to cell phone and Internet technology. It has changed how the world
can sit at the same table texting each other instead of looking at each
other, speaking to each other directly, or making eye contact. Eye
contact lets you see how the person you are talking to is responding to
you, or how he or she is reacting emotionally. You are actually
interacting with a person. A
human being; who might laugh at your jokes or frown with disagreement;
a real person who will have an emotional reaction to you and you to her
I think we have an entire group of
people on planet earth who are more in touch with their virtual world
than the real world. A Virtual Relationship is a relationship where
people are not physically present but communicate exclusively using
online, texting, or other electronic communication medium.
How does one begin to talk about these relationships?
When people can meet and fall in love and have very pub-lic breakups
over the Internet, how are we meant to react: with sympathy, with
scorn, with surprise? The relationship is not real! Or is it? The
passion and emotion are real. How do we judge a virtual romance? And
yes, we do judge it.
it any less real because the two parties are not in the same room at
the same time? Is what the mind and heart are reacting to any less real
if we are staring at a screen? Do the parties involved not feel
responsible because they are not actually looking into someone else’s
eyes? They can pretend it’s not really happening. They can feel like
they have no responsibility for what is happening.
experience is very desensitizing. We see this with online and video
gaming; young children and some unstable adults do not understand the
difference between virtual and actual reality. What about online
addictions? Are they any less real than physical addictions? They can
have the same negative impact on relationships and bank accounts.
seem to be in a time when humanity is in a very volatile state. I keep
coming across writings about this being one of the most overwhelming
times in human history. Bill Clinton has referred to this period as
“the most interdependent time in human history”
have so much information about each other at our fingertips. We are so
interdependent yet we don’t seem any more intimate with each other.
Most people rarely speak with their neighbors; they spend more time
e-mailing, or on social networks sharing silly cat videos. And many
admit, if you ask, that they feel disconnected from society. They do
not feel a deep sense of attachment to those around them.
this a greater time of tumultuous change than even the transformations
of the Renaissance? In the late 1400’s the people of Europe found the
people of the Americas. Who do you think was more shocked? This event
might be the equivalent to our being visited by space aliens. Now how
would that interaction go? I think the world has not had this much
rapid change since the Renaissance.
When we can’t reach out and hug our child through a computer screen to express our strong affection for them, what do we do?
we can’t embrace a friend across thousands of miles when tragedy
strikes, what do we do? How do we express our feelings, our
relationship to that person in their time of need?
Again... I refer back to those Greek words—
Eros: passionate physical sensual love
Philia: affection for friends
Storge: affection like that felt by parents for offspring
Agape: unconditional love of God
Familial: love of family
Platonic: without physical attraction.
Howe is a born intuitive who started psychic training at age 15. She
has over 30 years’ experience in Intuitive Counseling, Crystal Healing,
Tarot, Mediumship, and Clairvoyance. Contact her at Mystic email@example.com